Category archives for Geographical Analysis

Resources for DNA and Digitization in Irish Genealogy 2019

The online tools for making new genealogy discoveries about your ancestors from Ireland have increased radically in the past five years thanks to DNA sampling of modern Irish residents and digitization of surviving paper records. This presentation will provide an orientation on how you can use these new resources to make breakthroughs in researching your […]

Y-DNA SNP Database Characterization (FTDNA February 2019)

Vertical bar chart showing the five most densely sampled countries for Y-DNA: Ireland, Finland, UK, Norway, and Sweden.

Introduction As a DNA Project administrator, I am often asked how to interpret someone’s Y-DNA results in terms of the participants expectations and curiosity as to “what country do I come from?” One aspect that new participants in the field of genetic genealogy may not appreciate is the wide variance in how much DNA has […]

Dr Michael Hammer’s Presentation at FTDNA 2013

Dr Michael Hammer gave an interesting presentation at the FTDNA Conference today on R1b origins. Highlights included: Recent work on sibling Y haplogroup K suggests that R ancestors migrated out of Africa and into SouthEast Asia then moved back west into Anatolia. This implies changes are needed in the migration maps presented by FTDNA & […]

Scoop: M222 Could Originate in County Mayo

News flash from FTDNA Conference:   Dr  Miguel Vilar, who is the Science Manager for the Genographic Project, explained that the Genoraphic 2.0 project collected a lot of samples in Ireland this summer. Spencer Wells is supposed to be in County Mayo, Ireland to present results next week. Dr Vilar just used the phrase, “dozens […]

Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 Conference

An exciting event is planned for this coming weekend in Dublin, Ireland at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2013 conference, October 18-20, 2013.   This event is being is the result of a collaboration between the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG) and some great DNA project leaders like Dr. Maurice Gleeson.   To my knowledge, this […]